||Spring begins to blossom in Glenbogle,
bringing with it changing times, a few new faces and mixed emotions for
Golly. Following the sudden death of his partner, Meg, Golly is a single-parent
looking after baby Cameron alone. With a demanding job on the estate, Golly
finds it hard to bring up his son, despite the support of his daughter Jess.
Meg's sister Rosie arrives for the christening and, realising Golly's parental
struggle, offers him a stark choice - why not entrust Cameron to her?
The very thought of this enrages Jess, as she thinks her father is running
away from his responsibility again, just like he did when she was a child.
Paul, also shocked by Golly's decision, takes him to the big house to show
him the new nursery that the whole family have prepared as a surprise christening
present for Cameron. Golly realises he is not alone, and tells Rosie that
Cameron's place is at Glenbogle with his father and the rest of his "family".
A long hard winter has taken its toll on Glenbogle and the laird, Paul,
is faced with growing repair bills for his Tenants' crofts. Knowing money
is tight, Paul dreads the Tenants Association's AGM and clashes with their
newly elected chair, Iona MacLean, a beautiful local shepherdess who won't
take no for an answer.
Molly and Donald return from a fun day at the races full of stories but
short on winnings. However, after revealing he gambled away the deposit
for the new Glenbogle generator, Donald hatches an elaborate plan to repay
the debt before Paul discovers the truth.
Paul puts repairs to Iona's croft at the top of his "To Do" list
as a gesture of goodwill and personally attempts to fix her failing electrics.
While the McDonald family are celebrating Cameron's Christening on Meg's
Moor, a blown fuse starts a fire that burns her croft to the ground. Paul
insists that she stay at the big house until he can make up for the terrible
calamity he has caused.
Golly welcomes Duncan back to Glenbogle to be godfather to Cameron alongside
Jess as godmother. Still smarting after Duncan's abrupt departure to become
a DJ in Edinburgh, Jess clashes with her estranged boyfriend during the
christening rehearsal, making her realise she still has feelings for him.
Duncan has a decision to make; should he return to Glenbogle or take up
the exciting new job offer he has been waiting for? Jess sacrifices her
heart again when she tells him that she'll always be there if he wants to
come home, encouraging him to take the new job and see what the future holds.
||When Tam Cooper turns up at the Glenbogle
estate office, Paul and Golly know it can't be good news. Recently released
from prison, the convicted poacher has decided to assert his right to buy
his land following the death of his mother. Paul and Golly struggle to trust
Tam's claims that he's a rehabilitated man and their suspicions are confirmed
when he does all he can to cause trouble for their corporate fishing expeditions.
Paul does his best to stay calm, but he's pushed over the edge when Tam
tries to charge an extortionate rent for the use of the McDonald's own fishing
hut that sits on his newly-acquired land.
Paul refuses to meet Tam's demand, and assures him that they will do without
the hut. But it proves more difficult than he thought. Not only are the
fishing party reduced to lunching unsheltered by the loch, but a mishap
with the food leaves lunch itself looking more like a gastronomic calamity
than a traditional Highland culinary delight. If word gets out they could
lose custom, which would be a crushing financial blow to the already struggling
estate. Paul has to come up with a plan to thwart Tam's meddling, or risk
Amidst the stress of dealing with Tam Cooper and the fishing party, there
are two things that bring a smile to Paul's face. Iona arrives with her
belongings to stay at the house following the fire at her croft, and an
unexpected visit from his goddaughter Amy offers a happy distraction from
estate life. In her efforts to fit in and make friends Amy stretches the
truth on more than one occasion, leaving a trail of carnage in her wake.
Ewan, quite taken by the new arrival, shoulders her portion of the blame
for the fiasco with the fishing lunches. Amy's cover is blown by an unexpected
visit from her headmaster who reveals that - contrary to her claims - she
is not 18, she is still at school and she hasn't sat any of her exams. Will
Paul let her stay when she explains why she ran away from school? And how
will Ewan handle the news that the girl he kissed - losing his girlfriend
in the process - is only 16?!
Amy is not the only new arrival with a duplicitous agenda. Kilwillie returns
from New York much to Molly's delight, but he's not alone. He arrives with
Edith, a new PA who has designs on him beyond keeping his diary in order.
Molly and Edith are immediately suspicious of each other, but Kilwillie
can see nothing but their blossoming new friendship. When Molly overhears
Edith on the phone it becomes clear that she has her sights set on Kilwillie's
fortune, with no interest or affection for the man himself. Unable to let
her dear friend suffer, Molly does some digging in the hope of finding proof
that Edith cannot be trusted. But it's a bittersweet victory when she uncovers
the truth and has to break the news to Kilwillie.
Former Russian Cosmonaught, Viktor
Zinchenko and his wife Catriona claim to be interested in investing money
in Paul's plan to turn Glenbogle into a luxury spa retreat for weekend
breaks. Viktor is fully aware that the future of Glenbogle and the McDonalds
depends on him and his investment, and he does everything he can to make
their lives difficult. And they certainly weren't prepared for the entourage
that Viktor brings with him - a couple of huge bodyguards and a black
panther called Yuri that he picked up en route as a gift for his wife.
As Head Ghillie at Glenbogle,
Golly is due to take Viktor stalking on the hills to show him what the
grounds of the estate have to offer. However, whilst preparing for the
shoot he slips on one of Cameron's toy cars, which leaves him prostrate
and in pain.
When Jess asks Molly to look after her dad while she fills in for him,
the latter is all too willing to escape the pantomime at the big house
and switch her attention from impressing an arrogant Russian to looking
after an incapacitated ghillie and friend. Although grateful, Golly is
uncomfortable with the idea of Molly cooking and cleaning for him. Hurt
by his rejection, Molly leaves. But a heart-to-heart the following day
brings them closer than they've been for a long time and they agree that
they are no longer master and servant, but friends, on equal footing.
In Molly's absence, Paul calls on Iona to fill in as Lady of the Manor
for the duration of Viktor's visit, a role brings her closer to her laird.
as he reveals the extent of his fears for the future of the estate. He
confides that finances are so bad that he can't even pay his staff their
wages. Iona, eager to help Paul in any way she can, shares the confidence
with Molly, who then rallies the troops to raise their game and provide
Viktor and his wife with the perfect Highland hospitality; right down
to their costumes.
Even silver service and heated newspapers fail to impress Viktor. He does
however make an offer to buy the house outright for his wife. She cannot
believe the suggestion, and is aghast when she realises that the house
is a symbolic substitute for the one thing she wants that he won't give
her - a baby. What she doesn't realise is that he already has a daughter
that he does not see, and he can't bear the possibility of that happening
Later, when Catriona finds herself cornered in the dining room by an escaped
Yuri, Viktor alerts the rest of the house and they all rush to the scene.
When his rifle jams, it is Paul who steps in to shield Catriona from the
panther and guide her to safety. Humbled by his inability to rescue his
wife, Viktor comes to realise that he cannot have everything his own way.
After a chat with Paul he agrees to tell Catriona about his estranged
daughter and take a chance on love again.
In an effort to repair the damage done to his relationship with Zoë, Ewan
invites her around to the house to enjoy some champagne in the hot tub.
Just as he thinks his charm offensive is thawing the ice, Zoë makes it
crystal clear that he's going to have to do more than that and challenges
him to jump naked into the freezing cold loch to prove his dedication.
But is it worth it? Or is there someone else in Ewan's heart, if only
he could admit it to himself?
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